Old 03-05-2008, 11:29 PM #1
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Default 5mw laser current

I know that a regular 5mw laser needs 4.5mw but how much current does it need.Does it need the same as a blu-ray


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Default Re: 5mw laser current

i dont think so, but im not sure :-?
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Default Re: 5mw laser current

a 5 mW needs 4.5 mw then what does a bluRay expect for current ??
I'm confused. Is this a trick question?
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Default Re: 5mw laser current

I know most red lasers use much more current than a blu-ray. But thats about it. You may need to re-phrase the question because I, for one, don't fully understand.*
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sorry i meant " regular 5mw laser needs 4.5v "
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Old 03-06-2008, 10:21 PM #6
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my mulity meter fuse broke so i can't read the amps
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Old 03-07-2008, 12:23 AM #7
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You mean a regular old 5 mW diode as used in cheap pointers? It seems to vary among units, but i've measured them around 20 mA. You should be careful though, the range between treshold and destructive current is rather narrow in these little things.
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ok thanks is that the input current or is that what gets to the ld
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Default Re: 5mw laser current

It's what actually runs through the diode.

You should probably have an adjustable current source though, just ramp it up to the threshold and be very careful from there on. These things have specifications like nominal power 5 mW, absolute maximum 7 mW, and they will actually break quickly at maximum power too.
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Default Re: 5mw laser current

I'm wondering because i have a flash light which uses a aa battery and boosts the volts to 4.5 and it can power a cheap red.It may be good for a blu-ray
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